While everyone is counting them out, the Los Angeles Lakers are quietly getting better.
The NBA wins projection predict that the Lakers will miss the playoffs in a stacked Western Conference, even after adding LeBron James, but the retooled squad is paying no attention to the hate being thrown their way. Instead, the guys in Purple and Gold are giving fans more reasons to be excited about the new-look Lakeshow.
Over the past week, both old and new Lakers have been busy putting in the work, as seen on social media (aka "How gym selfies should be").
Led by one of their new acquisitions, mercurial veteran Rajon Rondo, the youngsters hit the UCLA Health Training Center in California.
Lance Stephenson shows that he can take things and training seriously, at the same time still wild out in pickup games a la "Born Ready."
JaVale McGee is out to prove that his two championship rings are no fluke, as he hopes to take on a more significant role with the Lakers.
Josh Hart looks to follow up on his Summer League Most Valuable Player trophy, which will be tougher in a cutthroat guard rotation.
After being called skinny during his first two seasons in the league, Brandon Ingram is ready to bang bodies and throw down with the best.
Should the sight of Lonzo Ball's revamped and more normal-looking shooting form be a cause for concern among the LA faithful?
How could we forget about this man?